Election shifts balance of power in Czech Senate

Passing new laws is about to get more challenging for the ruling coalition after their crushing defeat in the second round of the Czech Senate election.

Photo courtesy of Senate of the Czech Republic

The coalition composed of populist ANO movement of billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis and Social Democrats which had to rely on backing from the Communists lost 9 seats in the 81-seat upper chamber. While one-third of the Senate was being elected this year through two rounds majority system, both parties won only one seat each.

The opposition parties now control the Senate.

The liberal-conservative Civic Democratic Party emerged the clear winners of the election by gaining 10 seats.

Voter turnout in the second round was only 16.4 percent.